Eta Sigma Phi Essay Contest

Notes from Mr. Keith:

  • Be sure to read and follow all directions, particularly the rules about using the cover sheet and not putting name and other identifying information on the essay.
  • All essays should be written on the word processor. I know it says they may be written by hand, but presentation is important.
  • Late essays will not be accepted because they will be hand-delivered to the University of Mary Washington on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.
  • Extra credit will be awarded to those students who place or receive honorable mention in this contest.

2018 Eta Sigma Phi Essay Contest Flyer

2018 Eta Sigma Phi Essay Cover Sheet

The Beta Nu Chapter of Eta Sigma Phi at the University of Mary Washington is once again holding an essay contest for Latin students attending Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Fredericksburg schools, or whose teacher is a member of the Fredericksburg Area Latin Teachers’ Association (FALTA).

There are two levels of competition: the “junior level” for students in the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grades, and the “senior level” for students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. Books of a classical nature and Eta Sigma Phi bronze and silver medals will be awarded to winners at each level. Those deserving honorable mention will receive a certificate of commendation.

Essay topic: The influence of Latin and ancient Greek and Roman culture is almost ubiquitous in modern life. Employing at least three examples, tell how learning about Roman culture and Latin language and literature has affected your awareness of these strong Greco-Roman influences.

The essays are to be 2-3 pages in length (approximately 750 words). They may be either typed (double-spaced) or handwritten (alternating lines). Each essay will need a cover sheet containing the following information: the name of the student; his/her grade level; the Latin teacher’s name and e-mail address; and the name and address of the school. (A template for the cover sheet is attached to this e-mail message, as is a flyer for the essay contest.) The student/teacher/school should not be identified on the essay itself.

The student may consult books and other reference tools, but not people, in writing the essay.

All essays are due to Mr. Keith by 2:30 PM on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

The essays will be judged in the first half of April.